Topical issues: nature

Our natural world is under assault from human activity. The trouble is, to recognise damage to nature reveals also the risk to ourselves. ‘Progress’ is in the hands not of individual people, nor their elected representatives and politicians. It is in the hands of the free market, the large corporates who set the direction of our world through creating profit streams however they can. We don’t have to identify this as evil; rather it is almost inevitable. We are persuaded of the benefits of convenience and consumerism, and we are the source of the profits and the stimulant to corporate behaviour and the setters of social trends. What we must do is to observe, to ask questions, and be honest enough with ourselves to recognise that nothing we do is without consequence. If we are custodians of our children’s futures, we must accept individual and joint responsibility for the condition of our planet.

 

Here are examples of honest concern over EM fields from telecoms affecting wildlife:

  • The Kompetenz initiative writes urgently to bee associations and beekeepers and explains about EM fields and bee colony collapse
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Concerns Over U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Concerns Over Potential Radiation Impacts of Cellular Potential Radiation Impacts of Cellular Communication Towers on Migratory Birds and Communication Towers on Migratory Birds and Other Wildlife Other Wildlife – Research Opportunities Research Opportunities

Amphibians: eggs and tadpoles of common frog

A study is being carried out exposing eggs and tadpoles of the common frog (Rana temporaria) to several mobile (cell) phone antennas located at a distance of 140 metres (electromagnetic field intensity: 2,5 to 3,5 V/m (pictured below):

A low coordination of movements, an asynchronous growth, with big and small tadpoles, and a high mortality (90%) was observed. Regarding the control group (under the same conditions but inside a Faraday cage) the coordination of movements was normal, the development was synchronously and a mortality of 4,2% was obtained (Balmori, in prep.).

These video clips show (left) tadpoles exposed to the antenna radiation and (right) same-stage control tadpoles in a Faraday cage.

 
2008 © Alfonso Balmori

Watch these clips simultaneously, or pause one and watch the other. The bowls containing the tadpoles are being struck to stimulate the tadpoles.

(Please note: each clip is approx 3Mb so may take a while to load, depending on your connection).